Don’t Be Cruel: Black Pain Isn’t The Only Pain In The World
As African-Americans, I believe we should be sympathetic to people of all ethnic backgrounds who face persecution and attack. But sadly, we are often too consumed with our own pain to console others.
After recent acts of terrorism in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., I have seen many African-Americans say they are more concerned about people who die in our community every day than victims of these two tragedies. For example, on social media, critics have blasted African-Americans for changing their profiles in support of Paris using the flag of France, saying things like, “when the police kills one of our own, I don’t see y’all so eager to change y’all profiles, wake up they are brainwashing you.”
On a recent train ride, a Muslim passenger boarded the same car as an African-American male, and he responded, “I am not going to get on the same train as ISIS.” I felt hurt because of the ignorance and lack of sympathy. Have we become so “pro-black” that we have forgotten that we are not the only minority in this country? We are not the only ones that are discriminated against. Why do we get so mad when someone says support or pray for others? What happened in Paris was a tragedy; what happened in California was a tragedy; and what happens in Chicago every day is a tragedy. Despite the color of our skin, there are common denominators: loss and pain. I am not so consumed with my own community’s problems that I can’t pray and feel for others that might not look like me.
By: Andria Childress, Senior, Columbia College Chicago